Guatemala has a long history of discrimination against low income and indigenous people. It is not surprising that youth have an extremely low educational attainment and that the government does not have a well-equipped social ladder to allow for self-improvement and achievement. Many youth in Guatemala suffer from the lack of opportunities that not only keeps them in poverty, but also affects their emotional and family life.
Youth who go to school, attain an education and gain personal skills will obtain a job, build well-rounded families, and make positive changes to their communities and society. CasaSito addresses the lack of access to school through financial aid. But more importantly, through individualized attention, academic support, and personal enrichment activities, CasaSito gives youth the support system for success that they do not receive at home or school.
CasaSito scholarship students will complete their education, obtain a degree, and make significant contributions. They will move from unskilled jobs to skilled jobs with decision making positions and in this way generate change in their communities and impact society. They will also serve as examples to their brothers, sisters, and own children.